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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Feb 28, 2011 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 2/28/69

"Yes, I know you can't stream it. Ahhhh... to go back to 1969"

I was a senior in high school in '69. Back then, "major events" in the "recent past" used to matter a lot to everyone. I was still a 17 y.o. punk from NJ on this TDIH. But, like you, I also witnessed and took notice of the most meaningful stuff going on around me, my family, my friends, and my community.

11) Working people ("workers") were just "average people". Today workers are vilified, disrespected, and they are called every name in the book by the mainstream press and "the news media". As multi-millionaires and billionaires see it, workers deserve nothing. Workers and their families are the most despised people on Earth.

12) The USA had a great Manufacturing sector. In the USA during the 1960s, two-thirds (65%) of the non-agricultural jobs were in Manufacturing. Today the number of manufacturing jobs here is less than 10%.

13) We had an excellent Space Program. NASA sent men to the moon in 1969. Today NASA is irrelevant.

14) The Peace Movement was taking hold in 1969. The thought that 35 years later the USA would torture people, disappear people, hold US citizens in secret prisons indefinitely - without charges, was an incredulous thought in 1969.

15) A good profit for businesses in 1969 would have been 15%. In my neighborhood, if your business was making a 20% profit, "you were making a Killing!" Today, shareholders, investors, and fund managers demand businesses make 500% to 800% profits.

16) In 1969, The Vietnam War was discussed everyday. Today, our Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere are never discussed. The News Media's reporting back in 1969 was reasonably informative, truthful, substantive, tangible, and peer-reviewed. (Sure, there was a lot of spin going on.) Today we have huge corporations owning and operating propaganda-run News Rooms and Reality-TV news programs. Our universities are cutting back on their Journalism Curriculum. CU in Boulder, Colorado, is replacing its School of Journalism, for example. Now Glenn Beck is rewriting everything.

17) No one had credit cards. Everyone had a savings account.

18) In 1969 an ounce of schwag was no more than $10 or $15. An ounce of Jamaican was $25 or $30. An ounce of Colombian was $40. Today an ounce of 5-star is $400.

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-02-28 19:02:45

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Poster: user unknown Date: Feb 28, 2011 7:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 2/28/69

Monte you and I are very close to the same age and I agree with most of your post. I do have to disagree on one point ;

"The thought that 35 years later the USA would torture people, disappear people, hold US citizens in secret prisons indefinitely - without charges, was an incredulous thought in 1969."

This is exactly what we were afraid of, and trying to get people to see the way thinks were headed. Hell, we all had friends who were "tortured"(OK, a little strong) but had their asses handed to them by the local constabulary(or the local rednecks)for nothing more than having long hair and the balls to speak out against the things we thought were wrong.

I echo the sentiments of the good doctor...
"Makes me want to call you brother and pass you a smoke.

I've got a tear in my eye and my fist in the air."

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Poster: dr. flashback Date: Feb 28, 2011 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 2/28/69

Monte,
this is a case where your reply was better than my post!
All your items are so true, the degree to which my country
has changed since 1969 is unbelievable to me, and frightening.
Yeah - remember when America MADE things??
Makes me want to call you brother and pass you a smoke.

I've got a tear in my eye and my fist in the air.

Dr. Flashback :-)

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Feb 28, 2011 7:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 2/28/69

TDIH's Lovelight track is playing. Holy Shit!!!

The Eleven is off the charts! Phil & Jerry's interplay is amazing. This is Hall of Fame material all the way.

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-03-01 03:52:18

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Feb 28, 2011 1:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - 2/28/69

Amen brother...

I grew up in Detroit (almost identical age as you Monte) - and you're dead on. The guys with factory jobs made a decent wage and were the pillars of the neighborhood. In that day, the war was on everyone's mind - you never knew when a friend would be coming back... in a body bag. Today it's buried on page 23 if it's there at all. Nixon was tossed on his ass for far less than anything done by the Bush-Cheney-Halliburton administration.

Journalism today is a joke, and Frank Rich is my hero, one of the few.